Daniel Bryan wanting to wrestle is not a new story by any means, but our sources have told us, that the situation between the WWE and Daniel Bryan is more fractured than ever after Monday night’s Raw 25th Anniversary show.
Vince McMahon doesn’t get around like he used to. Gone are the days where he would be present at every TV taping. Therefore, it’s not very often that Daniel Bryan and Vince McMahon cross paths, given that McMahon regularly allows Triple H, Michael Hayes and Brian James to handle operations on the B show. However, there was a crossing of paths last Monday night, and Bryan was very clear with his message, “use me or lose me.”
This wasn’t new information to McMahon. But with McMahon keen to not see Bryan leave the WWE in September 2018, just months after he loses Brock Lesnar, McMahon and the WWE’s medical staff finally loosened their stance on Bryan never wrestling in the WWE again, proposing that Bryan team up with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 34 against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Clearly the company felt this change of heart would be enough to appease Bryan and convince him to sign a new deal, where he would primarily be paid as a WWE ambassador and Total Bellas’ cast member. However, they were very wrong. Our source has revealed that Bryan was less than thrilled with the creative plans, which involved Shane McMahon being in the ring for 90% of the match at WrestleMania, and told McMahon, in no uncertain terms, that he had “no interest” on standing on the apron for a cheap pop. McMahon had been aware of Bryan’s mindset for several weeks, but felt that he could deliver a face-to-face “Vince McMahon” speech to change Bryan’s mind. He did not succeed.
For Bryan, this isn’t about one more match and a nice send off, followed by years of easy money, concluded by a Hall of Fame induction. Bryan is fully convinced he is completely capable of safely performing in the ring, and has told the WWE he will categorically be leaving if he doesn’t have a one on one match at WrestleMania. After being told that Bryan refused to do at adhere with their creative plans, the WWE acted quickly to send a message to Bryan, in their typically petty WWE way, by booking him onto the Sunday morning slot at WrestleMania Axxess- a slot that always goes to those NOT wrestling on the WrestleMania card.